On the 1st of July 2019, Healthy Homes Standards became law. These standards were brought in for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, and draught stopping. Every rental home must comply with minimum regulations to ensure they're warm, dry, and ventilated.
From the 1st of December 2020, all landlords must have a Compliance Statement detailing that their property meets the new Healthy Homes Standards in any new or renewed tenancies.
The information required in the Compliance Statement includes:
For each ceiling insulated, either the insulation’s R-value and, if known, the date it was installed and when it was last inspected, or the thickness of the insulation and, if known, the date when it was last inspected
For each underfloor space, the insulation’s R-value and, if known, the date it was installed and when it was last inspected
For each ceiling and suspended floor that isn’t insulated, the reason why not
If a landlord relies on the tolerance or ‘top-up’ allowance for existing heaters, they will need to state this, with a brief description of why it applies
A statement that the rental property has an efficient drainage system and ventilation systems
Either, that the property does not have any enclosed subfloor spaces or that each enclosed subfloor space has a ground moisture barrier
DIY or Professional Report?
While we're strong advocates of DIY, when it comes to legal standards, deadlines and certain levels of detail, we do suggest getting a Healthy Homes report done by a qualified professional who has experience in this field. They know what they're looking for and how to provide a detailed report. They can measure levels accurately, check that insulation and ceiling ducting is efficient, look at ground moisture barriers, and advise on how to bring the property up to the right standards. And with the year disappearing in the blink of an eye, now is the time to be getting these reports done; the last thing you want is a vacant property while you work to get the Compliance Statement together.
Failing to Meet Standards
There is a cost involved in failing to meet these standards; landlords can face fines of up to $4,000, deferred tenants who prefer warmer, dryer, healthier homes, and empty properties while they work to bring their property up to scratch.
Does this sound like you?
Get in touch with QSPlus - we have a specialised Healthy Homes Report for landlords, targeting the five areas outlined in the Healthy Homes Standards. Our reports also offer remedies for any problem areas. So save yourself time and the expense of disrupting clients, losing tenants, or having empty properties when tenancies come up by getting your Compliance Statement done now.